The Meaningful Writing Project
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The Meaningful Writing Project
Anne Ellen Geller, St. John’s Univ.; Neal Lerner, Northeastern Univ.; and Michele A. Eodice, Univ. of Oklahoma

The Meaningful Writing Project would like to hear the story of your most meaningful undergraduate writing project!

In our research, we have been exploring the following questions:

1. What are the qualities of meaningful writing experiences as reported by university seniors at three different types of institutions?
2. What might seniors’ perceptions of their meaningful/valuable writing experiences tell us about students’ learning?

You can read about our research process on the “Learn More” page of this website:

NOW we’re inviting YOU to tell us about the writing project you believe was “meaningful” in your undergraduate career and why that project was meaningful -- either a project that was a part of coursework or a project completed for purposes outside of class. A writing “project” could include many types of texts, whether completed by you alone or in collaboration with other students. A project could also include multimedia or visual “texts.”

You must be at least 18 years of age and also be at least a senior in college or a college graduate to participate. You will be asked the same two questions we asked college seniors and faculty in previous stages of our study. It should take about 20 minutes to complete the questions and submit your story.

Your part in this study will be handled in a confidential manner. Your identity and that of anyone you mention will never be connected to you in any reports or publications relating to this research.

You will not be paid for your participation. By submitting your story, you are giving us permission, without compensation or remuneration, to publish and distribute your story in textual format (or excerpts of it) in any medium (e.g. print publications, video, internet/world wide web, and/or other media formats and platforms) from this research.

Your participation in this research is voluntary.  You do not have to participate if you do not want to.  Even if you begin the study, you may quit at any time.

There will be no direct benefit to you for taking part in the study. There are no known risks associated with your participation. We believe sharing your story will give you an opportunity to reflect on your undergraduate education and the role of writing in that experience. It will also potentially improve the teaching of writing and contribute to what is known about how students make meaning of their undergraduate experiences and their writing experiences.

The decision to participate in this research project is up to you. You do not have to participate and you can refuse to answer any question. Even if you begin the study, you may withdraw at any time.

If you have any questions about this study, please contact The Meaningful Writing Project at or the project Principal Investigators: Anne Ellen Geller at; Neal Lerner at, or Michele A. Eodice at

If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, please call the Institutional Review Board of St. John’s University at 718-990-1440 (Protocol # 0115-137), Northeastern University’s Office of Human Subject Research Protection at 617-373-4588 or (NU IRB# 12-02-21); or the University of Oklahoma’ Office of Human Research Participant Protection at 4045-325-8110 or (IRB# 0781). You may call anonymously if you wish.

 Please print this document for your records. By providing information to the researcher(s), I am agreeing to participate in this research.

Thank you for wanting to help us understand more about undergraduate writing experiences.
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